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Monday, August 22, 2005

Grizzly Kinski

Timothy Treadwell (left) and Klaus Kinski

Werner Herzog's documentary "Grizzly Man" is about Timothy Treadwell, a self-styled bear expert who lived among bears in Alaska. Herzog's unique approach to documentary filmmaking makes this film definitely worth seeing. No matter what the subject matter, Herzog portrays his subjects as the epitome of the human condition. Herzog is fascinated with man's attempts at controlling and integrating himself into nature. (Guess what? Nature always wins.) I feel that Timothy Treadwell was really a stand-in for Herzog's muse, Klaus Kinski. Treadwell lived on the edge, raged at society, and was full of life, like Kinski. Despite whomever this film is about (Treadwell, Herzog, or Kinski), it's a riveting two hours.